Coordinating an Effective Local Job Search
With the growing number of unemployed Americans and the tendency toward firing out resumes and browsing massive job listings on the Internet, we sometimes overlook the employment opportunities that are available in our immediate area. Obviously, people living in major urban centers aren’t going to make that mistake, but those of us out in the suburbs sometimes forget that business is happening all around us – even without major office buildings and commuter gridlock.
And the city dwellers are often too quick to overlook the smaller businesses that operate in the shadow of the corporate behemoths. Small businesses are thriving everywhere, even in uncertain economic times. And some of these places don’t have websites where you can submit a resume.
Local job search is a bit different in that you really need to do your homework and talk to people. The best jobs in small business aren’t always advertised. They are borne of need and opportunity as best identified by an owner or partner in the company. Sometimes a would-be applicant can embody both of those characteristics – need and opportunity – without even realizing it.
Get familiar with your surroundings. Explore the businesses that you’ve passed a million times but never visited. Talk to people at local restaurants and watering holes. You might be surprised at what’s out there, even in difficult economic times.